72 Lemans restoration/restomod - Pontiac GTO Forum
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
 
1972LeMans's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
72 Lemans restoration/restomod

I have a 72 lemans with a 461 stroker that blew on me so that's where my project is starting. It was painted red and I'm having it painted Pontiac correct color. The guy I bought it from head z28 sways in it and gave me the original buckets so I replaced those. I've removed the paint on some of the chrome emblems. I just want to get it back on the road so I can drove my baby and continue my project.

Sent from AutoGuide.com App
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1401147869857.jpg
Views:	258
Size:	46.2 KB
ID:	39946   Click image for larger version

Name:	1401147885021.jpg
Views:	1283
Size:	38.5 KB
ID:	39954   Click image for larger version

Name:	1401147908736.jpg
Views:	1756
Size:	115.1 KB
ID:	39962  
1972LeMans is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-27-2014, 04:16 PM
 
dan woodland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Ohio
Posts: 918
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 34 Post(s)
Car looks nice. Going stock?

Post looks of pics as you progress!

Dan
dan woodland is offline  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-27-2014, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
 
1972LeMans's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks! I'm going to probably go with the stock appearance with some alterations. I'm thinking aftermarket gauges, keeping it lowered, and some American racing torque thrust 2s. I also want to paint it gloss black as it's black with red metal flake at the moment. I will definitely post pics as I progress. I'm just waiting on the engine to get back from the machine shop and the painters. This car is my baby and at 22 I never thought I'd be owning a true muscle car.

Sent from AutoGuide.com App
1972LeMans is offline  
 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-27-2014, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
 
1972LeMans's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Here are a couple more photos:









1972LeMans is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-30-2014, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
 
1972LeMans's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So I went and checked up on my engine today...Yes I know the color is off but I still like it.

Sent from AutoGuide.com App
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1401471227416.jpg
Views:	179
Size:	49.6 KB
ID:	40138   Click image for larger version

Name:	1401471234855.jpg
Views:	161
Size:	55.1 KB
ID:	40146  

Last edited by 1972LeMans; 05-30-2014 at 12:56 PM.
1972LeMans is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-01-2014, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
 
1972LeMans's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Painting and prepping my engine bay.

Sent from AutoGuide.com App
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1401639010925.jpg
Views:	218
Size:	61.7 KB
ID:	40266  
1972LeMans is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-03-2014, 09:36 PM
 
PontiacJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC - Born & raised in Connecticut - 31 years
Posts: 3,662
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 391 Post(s)
Garage
And don't spin that engine too high - no 4.11 gearing as RPM's will kill it.

OK, now my OPINION on your car resto-mod.

Your 1972 becomes transformed into what should have been built by the factory - or some independent dealership.

Your car will become a GT-37 Formula. There was a car in my area that was a factory 1971 Lemans GT-37. I talked with the owner, a kid younger than me, and I was 20. His car came from California and it was clean. Black, GT-37, GT gold body stripes, 1970-1972 wing spoiler (probably was ordered that way), 4sp, white interior, factory rally II's. Not sure on the engine. Here is the thing that made that car. Out in California, someone had grafted the 1972 style Firebird Formula hood scoops to the hood -it looked badass standing still.

So, I always wanted to reproduce that car, but give it a factory build look. To your car add:

Car goes back to solid black -no metallic.

GT-37 letters on the front fender just where the 1968 "GTO" letters would have gone. Below the GT-37 add the "Formula" emblem for the Firebird. Don't use the "400" or "455" that is attached to the Formula emblem as it will be too much and look cluttered, you want the word "Formula" to balance out the GT-37 emblem above it.

Add the correct gold body stripe (full length, not the "eyebrow" type -they repro this).

Add the rear deck spoiler - 1970 Judge style, painted black.

Front bumper blacked out to match the body- like the GTO

Grille -medium/dark grey to contrast with the black behind the bumper and not get lost. Small "Formula" emblem in the grille.

Steel wheels, 8" stock looking - paint black. A set of the factory style "poverty" hub caps (which they reproduce), white lettered tires

FIREBIRD FORMULA twin hood scoops positioned as Firebird had 'em. This was a fiberglass hood and you probably won't be able to locate one junky enough to cut up and glass.bond onto your Lemans hood. But, you could get some dimensions and use a little imagination to shape the correct sized scoops and fit them to your hood -everything smoothed to loo factory.

BTW. The car disappeared. I ran into the owner one day and asked him about the car. He lost control of the car and put it into a tree and totaled it. What a shame. Still want a 1971-'72 Lemans with the Formula hood scoops for myself someday.
PontiacJim is online now  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-04-2014, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
 
1972LeMans's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I like some of those ideas. The original color is a bad green but I plan on going to just gloss black. I am a man that loves his chrome so the front and rear bumper are going to stay chrome.

I like the hood scoop idea I think it would make it stand apart. I also thought about putting the numbers 464 over the lights on the fender as that is the displacement of the engine.

Sent from AutoGuide.com App

Last edited by 1972LeMans; 06-05-2014 at 06:50 AM.
1972LeMans is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-07-2014, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
 
1972LeMans's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Some more progress.

Sent from AutoGuide.com App
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1402190544949.jpg
Views:	127
Size:	48.6 KB
ID:	40514   Click image for larger version

Name:	1402190554214.jpg
Views:	121
Size:	61.7 KB
ID:	40522   Click image for larger version

Name:	1402190560914.jpg
Views:	131
Size:	93.9 KB
ID:	40530   Click image for larger version

Name:	1402190567094.jpg
Views:	142
Size:	41.3 KB
ID:	40538  
1972LeMans is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-16-2014, 06:02 PM
 
PontiacJim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC - Born & raised in Connecticut - 31 years
Posts: 3,662
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 391 Post(s)
Garage
Looking good. Here is a tip. While you are at it, take off your wipers and remove the stainless steel band that goes at the bottom of your windshield. Should be just a couple small bolts and then you can free it loose. Why I say this is that I just pulled the one of my 1968 Lemans knowing I had rust/rot under there and what I found was a LOT of rot/rust -major sheet metal replacement. My car is a "southern" car, but dirt & debris don't know that and it falls behind that band, and moisture gets trapped in as well. Next thing you know - major rust/rotting. If you catch it early, you can prep it, prime it, and paint it to protect. Might save a lot of repair work down the road.
PontiacJim is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Pontiac GTO Forum > The 1964-1974 Pontiac Tempest, Lemans & GTO > 1964-1974 Tempest, LeMans & GTO Projects, Barn Finds & Restoration Discussions

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Pontiac GTO Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
tempest restomod Q 67RestoTempest 1964-1974 Tempest, LeMans & GTO Technical and Electrical Wiring 4 02-01-2014 09:39 PM
71 Lemans- A Long Term Restoration Pontibeast 1964-1974 Tempest, LeMans & GTO Projects, Barn Finds & Restoration Discussions 2 04-12-2013 10:49 AM
64 Tempest LeMans Restoration K10 1964-1974 Tempest, LeMans & GTO Projects, Barn Finds & Restoration Discussions 3 06-08-2012 03:09 PM
71 Lemans First Frame Off Restoration OrbitOrange 1964-1974 Tempest, LeMans & GTO Projects, Barn Finds & Restoration Discussions 88 09-20-2011 01:06 PM
69 LeMans conv restoration or conversion? PontiacGuy 1964-1974 Tempest, LeMans & GTO Projects, Barn Finds & Restoration Discussions 13 11-16-2006 06:19 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome